Education receives unprecedented amount from stimulus plan

Education receives unprecedented amount from stimulus plan

Education receives unprecedented amount from stimulus plan

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 3:03 PM

(WHAS11)-It won't mean a check in your mailbox, at least not right now, but things like buying a car and going to college could be a bit easier under the new stimulus package.

An announcement is expected from Jefferson County Public Schools Wednesday afternoon about how they plan to utilize the money they receive.

Local school districts will soon get a big boost from that stimulus plan that's now law.

In fact, education will get an unprecedented amount of money from the legislation, doubling the budget from what it was under President George W. Bush.

Most of the money will reward school districts that are making progress, but President Barack Obama says he wants new, innovative ideas to reform the current system.

Opponents argue the stimulus bill should create immediate jobs rather than long-term investments that should be taken up later.

There are some guidelines on how the money should be spent:

$44.5 billion to local districts

$25.2 billion to special education

$15.6 billion to boost Pell Grants

$2 billion to Head Start programs

Check back with whas11.com later today to see how JCPS plans to disburse the money they receive from the stimulus package.

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